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Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

June 16, 2017. Thepope has named French priest Bruno Marie Duffé, from Lyon, number two of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. He will be in charge of one of the key offices in the Vatican Curia.
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Angela Merkel to meet with pope on June 17

June 9, 2017. The Vatican has confirmed that on Saturday, June 17, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Pope Francis. Both have previously met in Rome in May 2016, February 2015 and May 2013, two months after Pope Francis was elected pontiff.
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Pope Francis to meet with Venezuelan bishops on June 8

June 5, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Venezuelan bishops next Thursday to discuss the situation their country is facing.
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New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

May 31, 2017. The Brazilian priest Alexandre Awi Mello, the National Director of Brazil's Schönstatt Movement, will serve as the new secretary. He was born Rio de Janeiro in 1971, and ordained a priest in 2001.
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Pope sends condolences and solidarity to Cairo after bus attack

May 26, 2017. Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, wrote a letter to His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi after the bus attack Friday in Cairo, which left close to 30 Coptic Christians dead, including children, and many others injured.

Pope Francis' speech to UN loaded with social issues

2015-09-25

Pope Francis became the fourth Pope to speak at the United Nations, and he delivered a clear message.

He started by asking that the most powerful limit themselves so that the weakest are not subject to their whims. The request was directed especially toward financial institutions.

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"The International Financial Agencies should care for the sustainable development of countries and should ensure that they are not subjected to oppressive lending systems.”

He explained that those who posses a tendency toward selfishness or unlimited power will not worry about abusing the environment or people who oppose their interests. Thus, he said it's necessary to take special care of the environment and the most vulnerable.

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"That is why their rights must be forcefully affirmed, by working to protect the environment and by putting an end to exclusion.”

He recalled the three famous rights that he defended during his trip to Bolivia: housing, work, and land. The Pope then listed other basic human rights.

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"Housing, dignified and properly remunerated employment, adequate food and drinking water; religious freedom and, more generally, spiritual freedom and education.”

He called all governments to remember that their actions will always affect real men and women. Speaking before the Nobel Prize Winner Malala, he said women especially had a right to education.


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